Paxil Suicide and Suicide Attempt Cases
The firm has been litigating Paxil suicide and suicide attempt cases for over a decade. As a result of that litigation, Baum Hedlund has collected hundreds of thousands of pages of internal GSK documents and conducted dozens of depositions of GSK executives, employees, physicians, researchers and academics. We have seen the harm antidepressants can cause and the extent to which drug companies will go to protect their enormously profitable drugs and we and our clients have testified about this to the FDA. Baum Hedlund has accumulated a considerable body of evidence demonstrating that Paxil is associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior in all age groups, not just children and young adults as the current label states. GSK has been aware of the risk for many years and, although the current label now warns of the risk in children and young adults, it still does not warn the public of the risk in older adults. In 2004, the FDA asked antidepressant manufacturers to add a black box warning to their labels to alert healthcare providers to an increased risk of suicidality in children and adolescents caused by antidepressants. In May 2007, the FDA asked antidepressant manufacturers to expand the black box warnings to include young adults, but only up to age 24. Since 2007, the Paxil label has stated the suicidal behavior risk does not extend beyond age 24 even though GSK’s own clinical trials show the risk extends to adults of all ages. GSK divested responsibility for paroxetine (the generic name for Paxil) in the United States to Apotex, Inc. in January 2014.
Baum Hedlund currently represents the widow of Stewart Dolin, a prominent Chicago attorney who committed suicide after being on paroxetine for six days. Mr. Dolin was 57 at the time of his death. In her complaint, Mrs. Dolin alleges that GSK’s warning label for Paxil was false and misleading because it affirmatively stated the suicidal behavior risk ends at age 24, but GSK’s own data shows otherwise. The case is scheduled to go to trial in September 2016.
The Truth About Antidepressant-Induced Suicide
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